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Apartments in old Dayton school house could become condos
 CityWide wants to renovate and convert about 20 apartments in an old school building into condos in the McPherson Town neighborhood, just north of downtown, according to city of Dayton documents. The Hawthorne School Apartments, on the 200 block of McDaniel St., are being targeted for conversion by CityWide, which is a private nonprofit group...

7:12 PM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

CityWide wants to renovate and convert about 20 apartments in an old school building into condos in the McPherson Town neighborhood, just north of downtown, according to city of Dayton documents. The Hawthorne School Apartments, on the 200 block of McDaniel St., are being targeted for conversion by CityWide, which is a private nonprofit group...
Dayton man robbed while ‘mudding’
 A Dayton man told officers he was “mudding” on the trails near Rip Rap Road Park on Saturday night when he was robbed and assaulted by three men. At 8:55 a.m. Sunday, Dayton police were dispatched to the 3200 block of Needmore Road on an armed robbery complaint. A 31-year-old man told police he was driving around in the mud in...

4:28 PM Monday, Aug. 21, 2017

A Dayton man told officers he was “mudding” on the trails near Rip Rap Road Park on Saturday night when he was robbed and assaulted by three men. At 8:55 a.m. Sunday, Dayton police were dispatched to the 3200 block of Needmore Road on an armed robbery complaint. A 31-year-old man told police he was driving around in the mud in...
Vacant Dayton homes hard on neighbors’ wallets
 The blighted home at 257 Air Street isn’t just dragging down property values for the next-door neighbors. It is hitting them where it hurts, in the pocketbook, through higher insurance premiums. Peggy Wilson, who lives next to the decaying house, was recently notified by her insurance agency, Cassel Insurance Agency, that she was ineligible...

1:31 PM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

The blighted home at 257 Air Street isn’t just dragging down property values for the next-door neighbors. It is hitting them where it hurts, in the pocketbook, through higher insurance premiums. Peggy Wilson, who lives next to the decaying house, was recently notified by her insurance agency, Cassel Insurance Agency, that she was ineligible...
Is Dayton too downtown focused? Its top boss tackles that question.
 The city of Dayton’s top executive spent part of this week’s commission meeting defending the city’s spending on downtown redevelopment, explaining the city’s financial priorities. Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein gave a presentation intended to highlight the economic importance of downtown to the entire city...

12:26 AM Friday, Aug. 18, 2017

The city of Dayton’s top executive spent part of this week’s commission meeting defending the city’s spending on downtown redevelopment, explaining the city’s financial priorities. Dayton City Manager Shelley Dickstein gave a presentation intended to highlight the economic importance of downtown to the entire city...
Building permit fees in Dayton likely to double or triple in price
 The city of Dayton is on track to raise building permit fees across the board as part of the first major, comprehensive overhaul in 22 years, city officials said. Under the proposal, which likely will head to a city commission vote next week, the city would double or triple the price of a variety of licenses that builders are required to...

2:31 PM Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017

The city of Dayton is on track to raise building permit fees across the board as part of the first major, comprehensive overhaul in 22 years, city officials said. Under the proposal, which likely will head to a city commission vote next week, the city would double or triple the price of a variety of licenses that builders are required to...
Betting on the river: Downtown Dayton’s future tied to waterways
 Tens of millions of dollars in residential and commercial development along the banks of the Mad River has helped power the transformation of the northeast section of downtown . Now just imagine what would happen if Dayton can tap into the full potential of the greater downtown area’s four rivers, local leaders and officials said. With...

6:25 PM Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017

Tens of millions of dollars in residential and commercial development along the banks of the Mad River has helped power the transformation of the northeast section of downtown . Now just imagine what would happen if Dayton can tap into the full potential of the greater downtown area’s four rivers, local leaders and officials said. With...
Big player in Dayton, big change in leadership
 CityWide, a nonprofit development group, has a new top executive for the first time in nearly 30 years, who takes over at a time when the organization is playing a larger role in community development and providing financing assistance for some major revitalization projects, such as the Dayton Arcade. »RELATED: Dayton Arcade awarded...

10:11 PM Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

CityWide, a nonprofit development group, has a new top executive for the first time in nearly 30 years, who takes over at a time when the organization is playing a larger role in community development and providing financing assistance for some major revitalization projects, such as the Dayton Arcade. »RELATED: Dayton Arcade awarded...
Too much water for Dayton’s new $4M water attraction
 It’s kind of been a cruel, cruel summer for the RiverScape River Run, and Mother Nature is to blame. High water levels caused by stormy weather have resulted in less paddling activity at the River Run than would be anticipated for downtown’s newest and splashiest river attraction. The $4 million River Run officially opened in...

12:39 AM Monday, Aug. 14, 2017

It’s kind of been a cruel, cruel summer for the RiverScape River Run, and Mother Nature is to blame. High water levels caused by stormy weather have resulted in less paddling activity at the River Run than would be anticipated for downtown’s newest and splashiest river attraction. The $4 million River Run officially opened in...
2 Dayton police officers honored for saving 2 at river
 A Dayton police officer who saved a woman who jumped in the river and another officer who prevented a man from jumping off a bridge were recognized for their heroism during a city commission meeting this week. Officer Jerome Dix rescued a woman with mental disabilities who hopped in the river, said Dayton police Major Wendy Stiver, commander...

7:57 PM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

A Dayton police officer who saved a woman who jumped in the river and another officer who prevented a man from jumping off a bridge were recognized for their heroism during a city commission meeting this week. Officer Jerome Dix rescued a woman with mental disabilities who hopped in the river, said Dayton police Major Wendy Stiver, commander...
Vacant houses will likely be sticking around longer in Dayton, and here’s why
 Nothing unites Dayton residents quite like their distaste for blight. A huge majority of Daytonians recently said they want the city to step up the number of vacant structures it demolishes, a new survey found. However, that’s unlikely to happen. Federal funding for blight demolition has dried up, ending the primary source for the city...

10:59 AM Friday, Aug. 11, 2017

Nothing unites Dayton residents quite like their distaste for blight. A huge majority of Daytonians recently said they want the city to step up the number of vacant structures it demolishes, a new survey found. However, that’s unlikely to happen. Federal funding for blight demolition has dried up, ending the primary source for the city...
Dayton Main Street overhaul takes cue from Chicago’s ‘Magnificent Mile’
 Parts of Main Street in downtown Dayton may start to look more like they belong in downtown Chicago following a series of sidewalk and streetscape upgrades. The city of Dayton will be improving the sidewalk along Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, as well as a perpendicular stretch of Fourth Street, bordering Dave Hall Plaza. The...

10:52 AM Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017

Parts of Main Street in downtown Dayton may start to look more like they belong in downtown Chicago following a series of sidewalk and streetscape upgrades. The city of Dayton will be improving the sidewalk along Main Street between Fourth and Fifth streets, as well as a perpendicular stretch of Fourth Street, bordering Dave Hall Plaza. The...
$5M downtown Dayton music pavilion is a go
 After about two years of planning and work, supporters of the Levitt Pavilion Dayton have reached their $5 million fundraising goal, meaning downtown is set to receive a state-of-the-art music amphitheater by mid-2018. The pavilion, a central part of a redevelopment strategy to create a new urban neighborhood in the heart of downtown, will...

1:46 PM Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2017

After about two years of planning and work, supporters of the Levitt Pavilion Dayton have reached their $5 million fundraising goal, meaning downtown is set to receive a state-of-the-art music amphitheater by mid-2018. The pavilion, a central part of a redevelopment strategy to create a new urban neighborhood in the heart of downtown, will...
Crime plummets in Dayton: What’s really going on?
 Crime has fallen dramatically this year in the city of Dayton, sparking speculation about what factors could be driving the welcomed trend. Dayton police through the end of July received 1,200 fewer reports of property crimes and 380 fewer reports of violent crimes compared to the same period in 2016. This may be the first time in a decade...

11:27 AM Tuesday, Aug. 08, 2017

Crime has fallen dramatically this year in the city of Dayton, sparking speculation about what factors could be driving the welcomed trend. Dayton police through the end of July received 1,200 fewer reports of property crimes and 380 fewer reports of violent crimes compared to the same period in 2016. This may be the first time in a decade...
Parties and handshakes to help get Gem City Market off the ground
 The campaign to open a cooperative grocery store in northwest Dayton has reached 30 percent of its membership goal and will soon enter a new stage of door-to-door canvassing and neighborhood parties. The Gem City Market has sold about 600 shares since going on sale in May, and the goal is to sell 2,000 shares before the store opens, expected...

11:26 AM Saturday, Aug. 05, 2017

The campaign to open a cooperative grocery store in northwest Dayton has reached 30 percent of its membership goal and will soon enter a new stage of door-to-door canvassing and neighborhood parties. The Gem City Market has sold about 600 shares since going on sale in May, and the goal is to sell 2,000 shares before the store opens, expected...
Younger, new to town think Dayton headed right way
 Younger people and newer residents are more likely to think Dayton is heading in the right direction, a new survey shows. The opinion is shared by those making more money, too, according to a 2017 survey by Maryland firm OpinionWorks. Roughly two-thirds of people who living in Dayton less than 10 years think the city is on the right track...

3:52 PM Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

Younger people and newer residents are more likely to think Dayton is heading in the right direction, a new survey shows. The opinion is shared by those making more money, too, according to a 2017 survey by Maryland firm OpinionWorks. Roughly two-thirds of people who living in Dayton less than 10 years think the city is on the right track...
Who’s optimistic about Dayton? Millennials, recent arrivals, wealthier
 Dayton’s newest and younger residents also are among the most bullish on the direction the city is heading, and higher-earning households also share their optimism for the city’s current and future state, according to new survey data. Nearly two-thirds of residents who have lived in the city for less than 10 years say Dayton is...

2:43 PM Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

Dayton’s newest and younger residents also are among the most bullish on the direction the city is heading, and higher-earning households also share their optimism for the city’s current and future state, according to new survey data. Nearly two-thirds of residents who have lived in the city for less than 10 years say Dayton is...
Conflicting evidence: Did Dayton workers have off-book cash funds?
 Current and former city of Dayton employees gave conflicting testimony this week about whether some departments kept petty cash funds that contained money from the sale of city-owned scrap metal. At the dismissal hearing of city electrician David Shaver, several officials with the city strongly denied having any knowledge of small cash funds...

12:39 AM Friday, Aug. 04, 2017

Current and former city of Dayton employees gave conflicting testimony this week about whether some departments kept petty cash funds that contained money from the sale of city-owned scrap metal. At the dismissal hearing of city electrician David Shaver, several officials with the city strongly denied having any knowledge of small cash funds...
Crime falling in Dayton: ‘We’re a safer city,’ police chief says
 The city of Dayton has seen marked declines in the major crime categories, which police officials hope suggests that new strategies and initiatives to keep residents safe are working. Part 1 violent crimes — which includes murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault — have declined by about 6 percent through...

5:41 PM Thursday, Aug. 03, 2017

The city of Dayton has seen marked declines in the major crime categories, which police officials hope suggests that new strategies and initiatives to keep residents safe are working. Part 1 violent crimes — which includes murder, manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault — have declined by about 6 percent through...
Daytonians happier with city conditions, but crime concerns remain
 Dayton residents are feeling better about the direction the city is headed, the city as a place to live and the quality of their neighborhoods, according to a data from a large citywide survey released this week. Optimism among Dayton residents about local conditions has improved in some key areas, and residents have expressed increased satisfaction...

3:33 PM Thursday, Aug. 03, 2017

Dayton residents are feeling better about the direction the city is headed, the city as a place to live and the quality of their neighborhoods, according to a data from a large citywide survey released this week. Optimism among Dayton residents about local conditions has improved in some key areas, and residents have expressed increased satisfaction...
Mayor Whaley tells CNBC opiates are a ‘natural disaster’
 Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley appeared on CNBC’s morning program today to discuss the state and local opiate epidemic and the impact it has had on Ohio communities. In a talk with the show’s co-anchor Joe Kernen, Whaley said she supports efforts to designate the opiate crisis as a national emergency considering that many cities&rsquo...

3:07 PM Wednesday, Aug. 02, 2017

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley appeared on CNBC’s morning program today to discuss the state and local opiate epidemic and the impact it has had on Ohio communities. In a talk with the show’s co-anchor Joe Kernen, Whaley said she supports efforts to designate the opiate crisis as a national emergency considering that many cities&rsquo...
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